Shooting for the moon

This post was inspired by a post and then the ensuing comments (it was actually point #3 “The Scale Does Not Define You” that inspired this thought) from Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness. If you haven’t checked out NF yet…well, you already know what to do. 🙂

PT…Good for you, Good for me!

Serving in the Army Reserves, every few months we’re required to take a PT (Physical Training) test that measures the physical strength and endurance of our bodies through push-ups, sit-ups, and a 2-mile run. Each event is scored individually, with 100 being the top score for that event. Scoring a 300 on the test means a perfect score, and it’s actually one of my (soon to be reached!) goals mentioned in my motivational fitness guide. But this isn’t a post about the Army (I’m not a recruiter). It’s about a characteristic that separates champs from everyday folks (and it’s NOT hard for those everyday folks to become champs!). This of course, is based upon my own observation.

“What number do you need to get?”

Come test time, this is a question that gets tossed around at different units all throughout the land. The answers to the question however, are arbitrary. Depending upon who you ask, you may get two completely different answers.

MOST people who usually end up failing their test know 3 numbers. The minimum number of push-ups, sit-ups, and their 2-mile run time necessary to pass their test. You’ll hear them say something like, “If I can only get _____ sit-ups, then I’ll pass”.

On the other hand…

MOST of the people I’ve met that always seem to pass their test (and are nowhere close to the minimum numbers required, but are far higher than those numbers) also know 3 numbers. The 3 numbers that they know are the maximum amount of push-ups, sit-ups, and their 2-mile run time necessary to get a perfect score on their test. They will usually say something like, “Only ____ more push-ups until I reach that 300!”

How intriguing…

Focus and Aim

The latter group (I’ve found) aren’t any “better” than anyone else I come across. There’s really one characteristic that separates them from the majority of those who don’t pass – their perspective.

They’ve already got it locked down in their mind that they’re pursuing excellence (a perfect score). If they miss their target, they’re still pretty much guaranteed to pass the test. Because the other group is only aiming to pass, if they don’t reach their target, failure (in the form of not passing the test) is almost guaranteed.

“If you shoot for the moon and miss, you’ll still at least hit the tops of the trees.”

Where’s your aim?

Fun

As you all know, I like to have a good time (who doesn’t?). I thought I’d give a little explanation to those who are asking, “What does this post have to do with ‘Taking Fun Seriously’?” Here’s the explanation:

Nobody likes to lose. Ok let me back up… I’m almost convinced that the Buffalo Bills like to lose, but other than them, NOBODY else likes to lose. With the above true-life story I’ve given, it’s clear that there are winners and losers. I can promise you that the winners are having more fun. A simple change in focus and perspective allows them to have this fun, because even if they miss their own high goal, they’ve still met what is required. That’s a stress-free (distress, of course) environment if I’ve ever seen one!

Let me end on a proverb of TFS wisdom (better take notes, they don’t come along too often!):

Set your aim for excellence. If you miss your goal, you’ll still be head and shoulders above mediocrity, and that’s always fun!

Cheers my friends!

– JC

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Odds and ends: I’m going to be (finally) starting a mailing list for my loyal band of merry brethren (and sistren). I have one problem that I need your help with though…what will we all call ourselves? Example: The Ren Men Show’s followers are called “Renmenions”, and if you are a part of ManVsDebt’s inner-circle, you’re a member of “The Militia”. What would you want the TFS “tribe” to be called? Leave me a comment, and we’ll take a vote. The winner will get a super special surprise!!

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